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List Rules Best songs recorded by The Beatles. No solo songs from Beatles members.

List of best songs ever recorded by The Beatles, the iconic British rock band joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Between the years 1960 and 1970, the band recorded 12 studio albums and a few other scattered songs and recordings, across a diverse range of styles. The albums have all proved massively influential, particularly the band's later experiments with psychedelia, world music and conceptual long-form albums. Each member of the so-called Fab Four found later success as a solo artist (with McCartney and Starr continuing to record albums and sell out concerts to the present day), and their combined efforts are consistently ranked among the greatest rock music of all time.

Childhood friends McCartney and Lennon originally formed a band in the late '50s called The Quarrymen, and soon after brought in George Harrison as a guitarist. After playing in Hamburg, Germany, and rotating through a few other musicians, the group returned to the UK in 1962 and joined with drummer Ringo Starr (then of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.) By 1963, the group started releasing popular songs, including "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do." The phenomenon of "Beatlemania," typified by mobs of young girls screaming and rioting whenever the band appeared in public, took hold this same year. A trip to the US, highlighted by an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, is commonly associated with the increasingly popularity of British music in America, often called the "British Invasion."

More successful albums followed - including the soundtrack for the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Days Night." In 1965, the band released the landmark "Rubber Soul," followed by "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." which added a good deal of complexity to the band's previously "bubblegum" pop sound. (The Beatles would later reveal that much of the change in their sound was due to their increasing experimentation with drugs like marijuana and LSD during this period.)

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The band's final two albums - "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" - were recorded during a period of intense strife and conflict between the band members. McCartney and Lennon were infamously feuding and difficult to work with, prompting Harrison to essentially quit the band and leave the studio. (He eventually returned and brought in keyboard player Billy Preston to hopefully change the dynamic in the studio.) In 1969, Lennon released the first solo song from a Beatles member - "Give Peace a Chance," credited to the "Plastic Ono Band." (It was a reference to Lennon's new wife, Yoko Ono.) In September of that year, Lennon announced his intention to leave the group to his fellow band members.

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Something Abbey Road, The White Album

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Yesterday Help!, The White Album

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Let It Be Let It Be, The White Album

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Hey Jude is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Hey Jude 1, Past Masters, Volume Two

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Eleanor Rigby Revolver, The White Album

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Here Comes the Sun Abbey Road, The White Album

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Strawberry Fields Forever The White Album

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In My Life Rubber Soul

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Come Together is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Come Together Abbey Road, The White Album

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Help! Help!

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A Day in the Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Jabapac added A Day in the Life Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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Penny Lane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Penny Lane The White Album

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The Worst Beatles Songs

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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
cmjiggins added Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Rubber Soul

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All You Need Is Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
All You Need Is Love The White Album, Yellow Submarine

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Blackbird The White Album

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Across the Universe Let It Be, The White Album

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I Am the Walrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
I Am the Walrus The White Album

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Get Back Let It Be, The White Album

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We Can Work It Out Yesterday & Today

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Can’t Buy Me Love The White Album

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With a Little Help From My Friends Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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I Saw Her Standing There is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
I Saw Her Standing There Introducing… The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, The White Album

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

The Best John Lennon Quotes

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Twist and Shout Please Please Me, Introducing… The Beatles

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Hello Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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Eight Days a Week Beatles for Sale, Beatles VI, The White Album

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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Don’t Let Me Down is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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The Long and Winding Road is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The Long and Winding Road Let It Be, The White Album

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Dear Prudence The White Album

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Here, There and Everywhere is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Here, There and Everywhere Revolver, The White Album

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Helter Skelter The White Album

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Back in the U.S.S.R. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Back in the U.S.S.R. The White Album

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Got to Get You Into My Life Revolver, The White Album

The Best Paul McCartney Songs

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Happiness Is a Warm Gun The White Album

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I Want You (She's So Heavy) Abbey Road, The White Album

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Drive My Car is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Drive My Car Rubber Soul, Yesterday & Today, The White Album

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Oh! Darling Abbey Road, The White Album

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Tomorrow Never Knows Revolver, The White Album